Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Chiles in Sweden :-)

Two pictures from our holiday.

This one is from Umeå, in the north. Along the river walk, we found this chile pepper plant. If you look at the lower right corner, there is a pod. Probably a jalapeño or similar. Totally unexpected :-)


And in Visby, in a café garden, we found a pot with a C. annuum. I couldn't identify it, but it looked fine :-)

Hot regards,
  Mats

Aji dulce

Hi!

The chile peppers are late this year. Probably because the lack of sun and  the low temperatures. But there is not much to do about that.

Some of them are finally starting to shift colours, and today I picked an Aji Dulce, just to sample for lunch. Nice, typical habanero taste, but mild. A very nice one! This one is small. Don't know if the size is representable, or a result of the weather.


More later :-)

Regards,
  Mats

Friday, 24 July 2015

Oh those habaneros!

Hi!

It's funny. The climate this year is different. We're still more or less waiting for the summer, and everything is late. The same for my chile peppers.

The only one with ripe pods is the red habanero. And the malagueta, but that one is from last year, and one of the over-wintered varieties.

I love the feeling of picking a ripe habanero, feeling the weight in my hand.

Makes me want to do this :-)

But we chickened out, and had only half of it on crisp bread with lunch. The smell and taste is fantastic, and the heat is manageable. I'm more and more getting back to basics, with the old favorites. The super hot ones have never really caught on here :-)

Still waiting for my baccatums. I think they are even better than the habanero, when eaten fresh, as they are.

Have a hot week!
   Mats

Monday, 20 July 2015

Looking good, so far

Hi!

It's starting to "move" on the balcony. Some peppers are getting ready, and some are getting started.

Here are some samples.

Habanero red

A typical habanero. I like the way they are turning red. Shifting from green, over a kind of yellow, and then red.
And this one is really bright red.


CGN 21500 

 This one is new for me. Thank you Jukka! The pods grow two and two, almost like cherries. Dark purple, almost hard to catch on a picture.


Trepadeiro Werner

This one is also new for me. Once again, thanks to Jukka! I can't get a picture of the plant, since it's all over the place. Trepadeiro means climbing (or something like that), and I fully agree. It climbs on all the other plants. Beautiful small pods.


Dedo de moça

My old brazilian classic. A true favorite.

Malagueta

This one is a malagueta that I got on the market in Salvador 15 years ago. I've never succeeded to grow it, so the seeds are old. But it looks promising. The size of the pods is bigger than an ordinary malagueta. I really hope that it produces some pods.

And this is my over-wintered "ordinary" malagueta. It's really fiery. Instant heat :-)


Wild Brasil

A new variety for me. Typical chinense. The flowers are in clusters of six. It looks really interesting.

Look at this amazing cluster of flowers.


Habanero yellow

 Of all habaneros, I think that the yellow ones usually are the best. Hope that this is true for this one too.

Wishing you all a great week!
   Mats

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Excursion on the balcony

Hi!

No ripe chile peppers one this video. But there are plenty of pods. Here are some trepadeiro werner, dedo de moca, habanero and other varieties.


Have a great week!
   Mats

Friday, 3 July 2015

Peach jalapeño, ice cream

Hi!

Yesterday I found this peach jalapeño ice cream while shopping for food. Of course I just had to buy it, though I was a bit suspicious. Today we tried it, and I think it could have been better. (My humble advice to the manufacturer. If you do something as a chile pepper ice cream, make sure that you have clean and clear flavors.) This one turned out to be a little bit of everything. No specific taste of peach, which was a disappointment. The heat was OK, but I miss that typical jalapeño flavor. What to expect from a chile head :-)

Well, anyway. Enough of ice cream, and this disappointment. We're having a heat wave, and it's almost tropical. Some pictures from a short walk yesterday evening.


Have a great weekend!
   Mats

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Midsummer peppers

Hi!

Last evening of the Midsummer weekend. I went out on the balcony today, and checked the peppers, and it looks good.

Follow the links to see more pictures of the varieties.

This is the habanero red. It's almost ripe now. I can't wait to take a bite in this one :-)

And there are a bunch of promising flowers. I hope they will set fruit!


This is the habanero orange. There is a tiny pod also, but it looks a little weird. This plant has been out in the strong winds and fairly cold nights, so we will see how it goes.



The fidalgo roxa is a beauty. Look at these flowers!
And pods.
It reminds me of a variety that I grew some years ago. The Peru Scarlet Lantern.



The cheiro roxa is another beauty.



The name does not say it all. CGN 21500, looks like an "ordinary" chinense so far. Stay tuned.

The Trepadeiro Werner is another new acquaintance. It's a Capsicum baccatum, and grows and grows and grows. It's very easily broken, and reminds me of a Cumari that I grew maybe 15 years ago.
Nice small pods.


So, all the peppers are outdoors now. That's definitely worth celebrating. And, I can't wait for the first samples of them :-)

Wishing you all a great week!
   Mats